David mixes his own psychedelic classical piano music – some written previously, some written the moment that he plays them – with snippets from works by piano composers like Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, and Rachmaninoff. But David improvises new notes and interpretations for all of them on the fly, and occasionally throws in blues, jazz, rock, or whatever else he happens to be feeling. Some pieces will only ever be performed once – complex on-the-spot compositions that David could never and would never be able to memorize and repeat.
For years, David kept classical piano music hidden from even many of his friends, instead performing on electric guitar and synthesizer – mainly rock, metal and blues. He knew that many in the classical community would frown on his no-rules approach to classical music and would even consider his improvised versions of works by great composers to be blasphemy.
But is it blasphemy? Were the great masters of classical music like Mozart stuffy traditionalists whose music was about stale repetition of what had been written for them on a sheet of paper, rote memorization of notes, and strict adherence to convention? Or is David's emotional, spontaneous approach merely breathing fresh life into a style of music that has been wanting for centuries to break free from the shackles of tradition and elitism?
As with a few contemporary classical piano players like Lang Lang, David Rotter plays classical music that is intended for everyone, so close your eyes and let it take you where you want to go.
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